Reasons to Call a Plumber

Most people don’t give their plumbing system much thought - until there is a major issue! Once there a plumbing problem like a major leak, you should fix it immediately. Even a small leak can cause water damage to your walls, framing, insulation, ceiling and other parts of your home. Repairing and replacing those damaged areas can be very costly.

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Are you looking to purchase a new home? Make sure you have a home inspector check out the plumbing system and keep an eye out for those tell-tale signs there might be water damage or other moisture issues. Moisture can promote mould growth which is hazardous to your health and will have to be remediated quickly. Though a home inspector can’t remove drywall or the ceiling to inspect plumbing, they will be able to use a moisture detector to discover any potential problems. 

Here are some reasons why you should call a plumber:

Noticeable water stains on the walls or ceiling.
Brown or yellow water stains on your ceiling or walls indicate that there is a leak in your plumbing. If the leak is left too long it could cause major damage to your framing, drywall, insulation and other parts of your home’s structure. This leak will also promote mould growth. If you notice water stains, contact one of the best plumbers in Calgary to inspect and repair the issue immediately. 

Flooding around the outside of your home.
Unless there has been a major rain storm, you have an issue with your gutters and water is running off your house or sudden warm weather is melting the snow in your yard, water around your house could be a sign that there is something wrong with the main drainage pipe underground. Sometimes the main sewer lines outside of your home are owned by the municipality and are their responsibility to fix, but in a lot of cases the responsibility lies with the homeowner. Repairing a main sewer line is a disruptive and big job, but it has to be done.

No water is coming out of your taps.
The first thing you should do if you no longer have running water is check the home’s main water valve that supplies the house to see if it is damaged or if it has been turned off. You can also contact your local municipality to see if they have turned off the water or are having an issue with the utility for some reason. There are a few reasons why you might not be getting any water:

If it is winter, you could have a frozen pipe. If you have exposed plumbing in the basement, look for bulging in the pipes. If you find one, it’s likely there are others. This will have to be repaired by a professional plumbing company immediately. Learn how to ⦁ prevent frozen water pipes.

Hard water can also be a culprit for disrupting water flow. Over time, the hard water leaves mineral deposits along the inside of your pipes and can eventually clog it. Unfortunately, you will have to have those pipes replaced if this is the case. You should also consider installing a water softener. 

There is water in the basement.
If you notice flooding, water or even dampness in your basement it could mean you have a leak in your plumbing system. It could also mean you have a damaged window or foundation that is allowing moisture to enter. A leaking pipe can damage drywall, floors, foundation and other parts of your basement. If you detect dampness and think it might be a plumbing problem, get it repaired as soon as possible.

Diminished water pressure.
If you’ve noticed your once-strong water pressure is now a weak flow, it could be because there is a leak somewhere along the plumbing line. Because most of your plumbing is behind walls and ceiling, it might be difficult to find the leak yourself. Before ripping out drywall, call in a Calgary plumber to take a look for you. 


Kevin Lauzon
Kevin Lauzon
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